This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- Oh fantastic. Well I'm eager to dig into things and so I've got a number of areas I want to explore. But first things first, just to make sure we don't somehow miss the golden egg. Those things that have a disproportion impact. Can you share want us maybe the top one or two super leveraged things that you think folks who want to have great days often really should do right off the bat? - I can tell you some of the things that I love that I use for myself all the time. I can say, there's one very existential one and there's one very practical one. So one very existential one is that we actually only perceive part of what's around us at any given time and we don't know that because we're not aware of what we don't know. Your brain can only process a certain amount of information at any given time. We've actually got quite a lot of control over what we tend to see and hear in a situation. And the rule that our brains follow is that whatever is already top of mind for us, it will take that as a signal that we should see or hear things that relate to that. So you get out of bed on the bad side, wrong side of the bed, as our grandmothers might have once said, and suddenly everybody is incredibly annoying. Actually, what's happened is your brain is using this mechanism of selective attention to say, "Well you're in a bad mood Carolyn," "so I guess I'll make sure that you see" "every instance of everyone being a really big pain" "in the backside today." And the thing is it works the other way around too. So if you decide to look out for signs of collaboration in a meeting you're not forward to, you are radically more likely to see them because you told your brain that that's what's important. And that's the science behind a lot of lala kind of advice to that. Where you just put a smile on your face and everything will be great. The truth is that's not true (laughs). You know sometimes some days are just not great. Or some meetings are not great. Or some colleagues are not great. But the truth is that we can see more of the good stuff that's around us that we tend to miss because our brain just uses the selective attention mechanism. That's pretty deep. Because it does mean that the reality that your experience is way more in your control than you think it is. And yeah, that's something which means that every morning I tend to sort of set intentions and say, "Okay, well what is it that I want to look out for today?" "What is is that I really want to prioritize?" "If there's anything difficult coming up," "how do I want to go into that?"